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Should my calories vary day by day?
09-16-2013, 10:45 PM
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Should my calories vary day by day?
Hello,
I currently workout 5 days a week (2 days lifting weights, 3 days bootcamp.) Per the Scooby calorie calculator, my TDEE - 15% is 1962. My question is this, on days that I don't workout, should I continue eating the 1962 or should I eat 1787 (which is what the calculator shows as my TDEE without any activity.) Or should I eat 1787 - 15% for continued weight loss, which would be 1519. Should my calorie consumption be consistent or vary day by day depending on my activity?

Thank you in advanced!
Jenn
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09-17-2013, 01:31 AM
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RE: Should my calories vary day by day?
Hey Jenn,

Welcome to the fam! big grin

As you progress through the journey, the way that you set up your eating will be personalized to you. We all want our journey to reflect our actual lifestyle preferences, so that we can stick to it wink

In the beginning, we'll often recommend that those going through a reset, or increasing cals for the first time (from a much lower number) try to remain consistent at first, just until their body has adjusted to the new cal level.

Here's an article on the site that goes into more detail : http://eatmore2weighless.com/q-a-zigzagging-calories/

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09-17-2013, 12:27 PM
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RE: Should my calories vary day by day?
Hi Kiki,
Thank you very much for your words of advice and the link to the article. It makes a whole lot of sense to me. KISS!!! happy The whole ziz-zag-ing thing (now that I know the proper name for it) sounded too complicated anyways!

Thank you so much!
Jenn

(09-17-2013 01:31 AM)Kiki Wrote:  Hey Jenn,

Welcome to the fam! big grin

As you progress through the journey, the way that you set up your eating will be personalized to you. We all want our journey to reflect our actual lifestyle preferences, so that we can stick to it wink

In the beginning, we'll often recommend that those going through a reset, or increasing cals for the first time (from a much lower number) try to remain consistent at first, just until their body has adjusted to the new cal level.

Here's an article on the site that goes into more detail : http://eatmore2weighless.com/q-a-zigzagging-calories/
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09-24-2013, 08:40 PM
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RE: Should my calories vary day by day?
This is great question and a really helpful answer. I was wondering the same thing and this really makes sense.
Thanks to both of you!
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09-27-2013, 03:47 PM
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RE: Should my calories vary day by day?
I tend to just eat an average of my TDEE (just finishing reset but can't bring myself to cut yet). One day I'll eat at cut (or a little above) and the next I'm hungrier so I'm back to TDEE or higher, basically balancing out my days. Guess my body is just enjoying more calories a little too much!
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